Victor Wanyama sends emotional message to Southampton fans, praises Jose Fonte

Southampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goal

Southampton midfielder has clinched a move to Tottenham.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has sent a message via his own personal website to thank everybody connected with the club. 

Wanyama has signed for Tottenham Hotspur, as announced by the club's official website, signing a five-year deal running through to 2021.

He will get the chance to play Champions League football again, as he did previously at Celtic; leaving the Scottish champions for Southampton in 2013.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaManchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Wanyama posted a message to supporters, club staff, and former teammates, picking out Jose Fonte in particular.

He wrote: "You guys have always been there to lift us up when we were down, and to celebrate with us when we were playing well. I feel really proud that I got the opportunity to wear the Southampton shirt.

"Secondly, football is a team sport and it wouldn’t be right not to thank my amazing teammates. Jose, thanks for leading the team and always being there to pick us up when we needed encouragement. Thanks to the rest of the team for always giving 100% effort, I will miss all of you.

"I also want to thank every member of the Southampton staff: those who work behind the scenes and never get credit for their contribution to our success on the pitch. We are nothing without you. I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep club forever in my heart."

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action against Southampton's Victor WanyamaTottenham's Danny Rose in action against Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Wanyama has had three impressive seasons at the Saints but had only one year remaining on his contract.

He has experience playing under current Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino, doing so on the south coast, and is expected to make an instant impact in North London, with Mousa Dembele suspended for the first three games of the Premier League season.

He is Tottenham's first summer signing, but is not expected to be the last, with the club needing reinforcements up front to help Harry Kane out.

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaCrystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

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